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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke with XFL leaders last fall about playing for the league when he restarted in 2020, the source said. Sports News & # 39; Michael McCarthy.
McCarthy notes that Kaepernick was looking for at least $ 20 million to play in the XFL. That's a steep question, given that McCarthy said the league is looking to shell out $ 250,000 per season for starting shifts.
This development comes after Barry Wilner The Associated Press reported earlier this month that the Alliance of American Football – which began on Feb. 9 – has attempted to sign the controversial QB. According to Wilner, Kaepernick was also looking for more than $ 20 million in this startup league.
Kaepernick has not played football professionally since the 2016 NFL season. he He completed only 59.2% of his passes for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 12 games for San Francisco in 2016, adding 468 yards and two floor scores.
In the early years of his career, however, the former Nevada second-round player was one of the most dynamic game builders in the league. He led the 49ers to a Super Bowl title game after taking over mid-season in 2012 and took the team to the NFC Championship game for his first full year of starting.
This solid start to his career earned him a six-year extension of $ 126 million during the 2014 off season.
Kaepernick achieved a brace during his final year with the 49ers, a performance that could have been affected by the fact that he underwent surgeries for shoulder, thumb and knee injuries for a period of three months, from November 2015 to January 2016.
The 2016 season of Kaepernick will be more particularly known for its commitment a knee during the national anthem to protest against racial injustice and police violence, creating a player movement in all sports.
Not part of the NFL since retiring from the last year of his contract in 2016, Kaepernick has filed a collusion complaint against the league in October 2017. This case was settled February 15, with a confidentiality agreement preventing the details from becoming public.
Note the owner of XFL, Vince McMahon, previously made understand that his league will not allow players to kneel during the national anthem or make political statements during games.